Andy MacDougall, former Press-Republican film critic and self-styled "Last Picture-Show Man," will screen specially selected 16mm films honoring Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's immortal "I Have a Dream" speech.
On Saturday, Feb. 23rd, at 7 p.m. at the Newman Center (90 Broad Street, Plattsburgh), MacDougall will present a collection of short films saluting the African-American experience in diverse incarnations.
Headlining the program will be "Sunshine's on the Way," with the great Scatman Crothers as an aging bluesman who enlivens a ragtag rest-home orchestra for a gig with Doc Severinsen. Originally an episode in NBC's "Special Treat" series in 1980, it truly is a treat!
Next up will be "The Weapons of Gordon Parks," produced by CBS Reports following Dr. King's assassination to reaffirm the triumph of the African-American spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.
The "weapons" are the credits of Mr. Parks, a true Renaissance Man before the term was fashionable, who excelled in music, photography and filmmaking and was the first African-American to write, produce and direct a major-studio release, 1969's "The Learning Tree."
Several additional shorts, including a performance by Louis Armstrong, will complete the evening's menu.
Free and open to everyone, this is an all-16mm, all-celluloid event with no high-fructose digital additives whatsoever.
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